Archaeology breakthrough as 600-year-old discovery puts scientists one step closer

Archaelogists have discovered 600-year-old secrets hidden under well-kept green grass and orange-tinged dirt near a walking path at a park in Lithuania.

The historians have reportedly excavated a section of Verkių Regional Park this spring, the National Museum of Lithuania recently revealed.

The park boasts greenery, forests and a large old manor, located on the outskirts of the European country’s capital city, Vilnius.

The museums said that the excavations at the park in 2008 uncovered a dozen graves and artifacts from medieval times.

The extent of the medieval cemetery remained a mystery ever since. Archaeologists hoped to solve that mystery finally.

During the recent excavations, archaeologists found another pair of 600-year-old burials, the museum said.

The graves dated to the same 13th to 14th century period as the rest of the cemetery.

One medieval grave belonged to a middle-aged woman. Archaeologists described it as abundant and exceptional.

An X-ray shows the 600-year-old jewelry adorning the woman. A crown made of coiled brass sits on her head.

A necklace of shells, beads and metal hooks adorn her neck. A bracelet and rings decorate her hands, the museum said.

According to the archaeologists, the woman was likely buried in a cloak. Two keys and a ceramic pot were placed by her side, and a bell was left near her feet.

During medieval times, bells were believed to be protective items and often buried with women.

The second 600-year-old grave did not have as many artifacts, the museum said.

Archaeologists removed a large section of the graves and analyzed them in a laboratory.

The finds will be restored and transferred to the National Museum of Lithuania.

Lithuania is a northeastern European country bordering Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east, Poland and Kaliningrad, Russia, to the south and the Baltic Sea to the west.


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